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Rated NR · 81 minutes · 2002

Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman directed these two short video documentaries, the better of which, Madrid (2002), is a loving portrait of the city where he earned his diploma. The imagery is a bit travelogue-ish at first, but the compositions add a surprising physical intensity: foods look luscious; hand gestures in a restaurant seem like a secret language; shadows of passersby on the sidewalk suggest cave paintings. Robinson Crusoe Island (1999) shows an island that was inhabited for years by a castaway who may have been the basis for the famous novel. The topography is spectacular, and there are unique species, but the feeling isn't quite as intimate or loving. The videos are marred by noticeable fuzziness.
Director: Daphne Charizani
Producer: Sabine Lamby and Giulio Ricciarelli
Cast: Kathrin Angerer, Josep Linuesa, Carlos López, Juan Carlos Lopez, Steffen Scheumann, Jutta Keil, Franz Koller, Maria Lüthi, Oliver Masucci, Jennifer Minetti, Isolde Muth, Manuela Prax and Ulrike Willenbacher

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